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The Rat is the first sign of 12 animal cycles in the Chinese Zodiac. The White Metal Rat Year means new beginnings and renewals, a strong, prosperous and lucky year for all Chinese zodiac signs. This is a great year for founding and evolving. It’s a clean, fresh year—a gift—with no mistakes and no regrets. Set new habits to initiate actions you have wanted to do for a long time. Everything is possible; you are the creator of your own life.

For the past 35 years, thousands of artists, teachers, and adult art students have attended the Metchosin International Summer School of Art [MISSA] located on the Pearson College campus and left with memories and friendships to cherish for a lifetime. MaryLou Wakefield, a local Victoria artist, came away with a life-altering experience last summer. It changed her perspective on what she could achieve as an artist— with courage, curiosity and the willingness to take a risk. Here is her story.

Peninsula Co-op and GoWestShore Magazine have teamed up to recognize local groups and organizations who are making a difference in our community with a #Co-opportunityContest.

Each and every month throughout 2020, Peninsula Co-op will be awarding $1,000 cash to 12 contest winners, voted by our GoWestShore followers as the most deserving!

GoWestShore Magazine is now accepting NOMINATIONS for 2020 so, if you are a non-profit, charity or an organizational group serving our community and need some extra support, please take some time over the next few months to nominate yourself.

Royal Bay, Colwood’s master planned seaside village continues its growth into 2020 with two new additions to its GableCraft Homes community. The first units of both Compass townhomes and the third phase of singlefamily homes are now available.

The two- and three-bedroom Compass townhomes will add 58 units of open concept living to Royal Bay. All units feature lofty 9’ ceilings with bright, inviting windows—perfect for morning coffee, contemplation and glimpses out across the Salish Sea. Standard features include engineered stone kitchen countertops, a spacious bathtub with tile-surround, and your choice of curated, coastal-inspired interior colour schemes.

WHAT IS THE WILLS VARIATION ACT?
In a nutshell, the British Columbia Wills Variation Act is the statute which permits a surviving spouse or children to contest a will on the basis that it does not make adequate provision for the claimant. The class of eligible claimants includes the surviving spouse, common-law spouse, same-sex spouse and both the natural and adopted children of the deceased.

Using insurance contracts with products like segregated funds, GICs, or annuities in your estate plan can be hugely beneficial for many reasons.

Tai Chi means the ‘ultimate of ultimate’, often used to describe the vastness of the universe. Based on the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism, Tai Chi stresses the natural balance in all things and the need for living in spiritual and physical accord with the patterns of nature. This ancient practice combines slow, deliberate movements, meditation and breathing exercises.

How it works: Originally developed for self-defence, Tai Chi has evolved into a graceful, low-impact form of exercise that may be especially suitable, if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.

Cherish at Central Park is a resort-style independent living retirement community in the heart of the West Shore. Micky Fleming, its president and CEO, is committed to making life for her residents the absolute best it can possibly be. It’s what energizes her every day.

She grew up on a cattle ranch in Alberta, a culture that encourages people to work together. She eventually settled in the West Shore back in 1974. Her office at Cherish today overlooks what used to be the Belmont High School property where she went to school.

There are some recipes that are worth the wait and Beef Bourguignon is one of them.

Beef Bourguignon does take a little bit of time; but when a recipe is this good, you can’t and shouldn’t rush it. There’s a reason why beef bourguignon is a culinary cult-classic, and when you taste it, you’ll see why. Its savoury, seared beef and fork-tender vegetables, simmering in a rich full-flavored sauce is crowd pleaser.

New year, new beginnings. If home ownership in the West Shore is on your mind, rent-to-own at Crossing at Belmont is a great first step!

While the two rental buildings are now 70% occupied, with 108 of the 156 units already rented, there is still a good selection of unit types still available for you to look at. You’ll be pleased to notice that all units include high-end features to provide you and your family with the kind of convenience and comfortable living experience you would expect to see in premium units.

Getting older is an enigma. On one hand, there’s no question that there are increased risks of illness and decreased mobility as we age. However, research suggests there is another positive side to aging that is often overlooked; that is, we should be feeling good about getting older, because as we age our perspective on life changes in remarkably positive ways.

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